Knoxville, Tenn. - The top-seeded and fourth-ranked Tennessee Lady Volunteers (32-2) showed the form that has landed the program eight national championships with a 99-34 win over 16th-seeded Stetson (20-13) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday at UT's Thompson-Boling Arena. Senior guard Tierra Brown (Orlando, Fla.), sophomore guard Victoria McGowan (Inkster, Mich.) and senior center Natasha Graboski (Upper Sandusky, Ohio) led the Hatters with seven points each.
The Hatters fought bravely early, trailing the SEC regular season and tournament champions 10-6 at the first media timeout, but the Lady Vols put an end to all hopes of a stunner with a 23-3 run before the next media break arrived.
Tennessee led 55-20 at halftime and continued to use its massive size advantage to bury the Hatters on the glass and in the post. Tennessee out-rebounded Stetson 63-31 in the game, shot 55.7 percent (39-70) and out-scored the Hatters 52-14 in the paint.
Stetson was held without a double-figure scorer for the first time this season, finding no way to score against a Lady Vols lineup with eight players standing six feet or taller. SEC Player of the Year Shekinna Stricklen scored 15 points to lead Tennessee; Glory Johnson (14 points, 10 rebounds), Angie Bjorklund (13 points) and Alyssia Brewer (15 points) also reached double figures.
The Atlantic Sun Conference champion Hatters return seven of 11 letterwinners from today's game next season including McGowan (Second Team All-Atlantic Sun and A-Sun Tournament MVP) and freshman forward Sasha Sims (A-Sun All-Freshman Team, A-Sun All-Tournament Team.)